2012 Prius c Advantages

With fuel prices likely to stay high, small cars will likely stay near the top of many shoppers’ lists.  Introducing the Toyota Prius c, the newest member of the Prius family. It brings Prius heritage and Toyota innovation to the small hybrid sector.

Toyota Prius c Midland MI


Prius c brings traditional Prius virtues to a new class of vehicle. You can expect all the efficient design and economical operation the Prius reputation promises.

  • All Prius models are known for their outstanding mpg, and Prius c is no exception. It boasts manufacturer estimates of 53 mpg city, 46 mpg highway.
  • Another Prius hallmark is efficiency, and one aspect of this is curb weight. Toyota hones and refines every part of a Prius, always looking for ways to save weight and materials. The result shows in Prius c’s light weight, including its batteries.
  • Adding to Prius c’s economical operation is Toyota Care, Toyota’s complimentary maintenance plan.


Prius c Three has sophisticated features normally found only on much larger cars.

  • Prius c Three owners enjoy the luxury of automatic climate control.
  • Prius c Three drivers enjoy quick-access controls for some HVAC functions, right on the steering wheel.


  • Prius c Three has Toyota’s innovative Touch Tracer Display, which places a duplicate image of the steering-wheel-mounted controls in the instrument panel.
  • Prius c Three comes standard with navigation and Entune, including popular mobile apps and services.


  • Prius c’s smaller turning circle can make it easier to slip in and out of small parking spaces. Other times, it may allow the driver to make a U-turn instead of a three-point turn.
  • Another key to Prius c’s excellent maneuverability is its overall length, which is shorter than its challenger’s. This may make a difference in parallel parking or changing lanes.


Prius c Three is small on the outside, but it’s big on comfort and convenience inside. You don’t have to trade these features for economy.

  • The 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks in Prius c greatly increase its versatility.
  • For a car as small as Prius c, it sure carries a lot of cargo. In fact, it has about two-thirds more cargo volume than Civic Hybrid, which is a larger car. Think of the added utility and convenience this adds on weekend shopping expeditions or road trips.

2012 Toyota Prius c Michigan

Take a test drive of the new affordable (starting at under $20,000!!!) 2012 Toyota Prius c at Labadie Toyota today.  Once you try it you’ll want one of your own.

The Prius C Has Arrived

With gas prices hovering around $4.00 in mid-Michigan and the predictions for higher prices as we move into summer, it is perfect timing for the Toyota Prius c to hit the showroom floor.

2012 Toyota Prius C SaginawBoasting 53 MPG in the city this gas friendly Prius has a different look and lower price tag.  But don’t let the price tag fool you.  The Toyota Prius c is loaded with comfort and technology features.  As with other Prius models, Prius c combines its revolutionary Hybrid Synergy Drive® with excellent aerodynamics to achieve outstanding fuel efficiency.

The Toyota Prius c offers an unexpected level of convenience, capability and technology in a compact hybrid-electric at an attractive price. Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity, steering-wheel audio controls, and nine airbags will be among the standard features on the 2012 Toyota Prius c.

2012 Toyota Prius C MidlandPlus you will enjoy a new dimension of connectivity courtesy of the available Toyota Entune™ multimedia system.  Entune™ leverages the mobile smartphone to provide a richer in-vehicle infotainment experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment, and information services.  It allows users to connect with popular apps such as Bing™, OpenTable.com, and movietickets.com.  Entune™ also provides access to real-time information services, such as live weather, traffic, fuel information (location and price), stocks, and sports. The Prius c also offers voice recognition, music streaming, and email/text to speech capabilities.

Toyota Entune™ brings one of the largest selections of music options available to a vehicle, including iheartradio’s 750+ stations and Pandora® internet radio’s personalized music. In addition, the driver’s personal songs from portable media players and iPods (via USB or Bluetooth® audio streaming), and more than 170 stations from SiriusXM™ satellite radio are also available.

This is all nice to talk about but the true test is when you drive one.  Stop into Labadie Toyota in Bay City, MI today and take a test drive.  Labadie Toyota is conveniently located just off I-75 only minutes from Saginaw and Midland.

2012 Prius V – More Than Just Saving Gas

There’s more “green” to the 2012 Toyota Prius than just saving gas!

The available JBL® GreenEdge™ system combines a variety of new eco-sensitive technologies to achieve dramatic advances in audio technology. Offering increased performance, reduced power consumption and a lower system weight — not to mention reduced packaging requirements — the GreenEdge™ system is a substantial upgrade over conventional audio systems.

2012 Toyota Prius Michigan

Even the headlights are “green.” Eco-sensitive, that is. Available LED (light-emitting diode) headlamps produce a clean white light, offer extremely long life and require 20 to 30 percent less energy than traditional headlamps, further enhancing the overall efficiency of Prius v.

2012 Toyota Prius Softex SeatsThe seats in Prius v are available with supple SofTex material. SofTex weighs about half as much as genuine leather, and its manufacturing process generates approximately 99% fewer Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) than that of conventional synthetic leather.

These are just a few more reasons why any environmentally conscious car buyer will want the 2012 Toyota Prius V!  Now available to lease or own at Labadie Toyota in Bay City Michigan.

Toyota Prius vs Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford Fusion Hybrid Bay City MIFusion is Ford’s entry in the hybrid market. And truth be told, it’s a solid effort, representing a modern take on the American mid-size sedan with the added benefits of a hybrid powertrain. If a shopper is determined to buy from one of the Detroit-3, then Fusion is a good bet.

However, if the shopper is looking for the best hybrid on the market, that person is going to look at the Toyota Prius. And the Toyota can make a compelling case for itself, because Prius has functional and economic benefits that Ford can’t match. Those who shop for the best will buy a Prius.

Fusion Hybrid is offered in a single grade that is price competitive with Prius Five. Prius has a range of grades at attractive price points that can save a Fusion Hybrid shopper significant amounts of money while still offering all the technology and economy of a hybrid.

Toyota Prius Saginaw MIFusion is a conventional sedan with a separate trunk, but Prius uses a liftback design. Not only can the wide liftback opening make it easier to load and unload cargo, it also contributes to Prius’ smooth aerodynamics.

Prius Five indulges its passengers with standard leather-trimmed seating surfaces front and rear. Though it lists for almost the same money, Fusion provides only cloth seating surfaces—leather is an extra-cost option.

Add it up, and Prius is the winner, having a cargo volume about 80% larger than Fusion’s. More cargo room, combined with the flexibility and convenience of its liftback and folding rear seatbacks, makes Prius the practical choice.

Some sedans have folding rear seatbacks, but not Fusion. Its fixed rear seatback can make it difficult to carry long cargo such as skis, ladders or surfboards. Prius excels by having a 60/40 split-folding design to maximize versatility.

Fusion has one-touch windows for the front-seat occupants, as does Prius. But what about rear-seat passengers? Prius has one-touch windows for them, too. Fusion does not.

Prius Three, Four and Five boast standard JBL® Premium Audio, including eight speakers, satellite radio capability and Bluetooth® wireless technology for hand-free phone capability. Fusion’s standard audio system isn’t as full-featured.

Prius provides steering-wheel buttons to operate some of the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) functions, giving the driver fingertip control. Fusion does not. Of course, Prius also provides full HVAC controls on the dashboard.

Prius Five uses energy-efficient LEDs for brakelights and auto-leveling low-beam headlights. LEDs illuminate faster than filament bulbs, use less energy and often last longer. Fusion uses filament bulbs all-around.

Prius was awarded a prestigious “2010 Best Overall Value of the Year” award from IntelliChoice for the eighth year in a row. The website further notes that Prius is a “consistent value leader.” Fusion did not make the awards list.

J.D. Power and Associates rated Prius the “Most Dependable Compact Car” three years in a row.  For customers, this is more evidence that Toyota’s experience with hybrid technology delivers tangible benefits throughout
the vehicle’s life.

Saginaw and Midland residents can test drive a new Toyota Prius and experience the quality at Labadie Toyota in Bay City Michigan.

2011 Prius vs. 2011 Chevrolet Volt

At the Detroit Auto Show the Volt was impressive!  It had huge crowds and won the NAIAS “Car of the Year” award.

Volt is Chevrolet’s new plug-in hybrid. For a new car, it has had an unusually long and public development cycle. The car was first previewed as an auto-show concept in 2007 and has made repeated appearances since then as development continued. From both image and political standpoints, GM has a lot riding on the success of this car.

Chevrolet Volt Michigan

With the 2011 Chevrolet Volt what do you get with the hefty $41,000 price tag?
Engine: AC motor 1.4L 4-cyl gas engine
Transmission: Single speed Driveline Front-wheel drive
Standard Features: Dual-stage front airbags, Front seat-mounted side airbags, Side curtain airbags, Driver and front passenger knee airbags, Anti-lock brakes, Brake-force distribution, Brake assistance, Stability control, Traction control, Regenerative braking, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, 40/40 split-folding rear bucket seat backs, Air conditioning, Bluetooth®2 technology hands-free phone link, AM/FM/CD/MP3/XM®/AUX audio system with 7 speakers, Navigation system, Keyless entry, Remote engine start, Power windows, Power door locks, Cruise control, Tilt steering column, 17-inch wheels, Tire repair kit

Compare this in price to a 2011 Toyota Prius III which has more features (V.I.P. Security, voice-controlled DVD navigation, auto-dimming mirror and remote engine) for $27,807!  WOW that’s a lot of savings over the Volt!

Prius Advantages:

  • No plug required – Because Volt’s engine never fully recharges the batteries, owning the car can work only for people who have convenient access to electrical power whenever they need it. Prius doesn’t impose any extra conditions like that.
  • Five-minute fill-up – For Volt, a recharge can take anywhere from four to ten hours, depending on the recharging voltage. For Prius, a fill-up takes about five minutes at a convenient gas station.
  • More room inside -  Prius has long been known for providing more room inside than seems possible from the outside. Head and leg room are critical to many shoppers, and these are measurements where Prius shines.
  • 5-passenger seating -  Volt’s battery pack runs down the center of the cabin floor, including the space where a rear-seat middle passenger would sit. So Volt is a fourseater. Prius is a true five-seater.
  • Millions of hybrids sold -  No company has more experience with alternative powertrains than Toyota. In fact, more than 2.8 million HSD vehicles have been sold worldwide. Drivers can have confidence in the experience and engineering that goes into every Prius.

Major advantage – Toyota Prius is a multiple-award winner:  For years, Prius has been recognized for its economy, value, dependability and safety. Volt’s new technology will need some time to prove itself. Here are some organizations that have given accolades to Prius.

  • IntelliChoice
  • J.D. Power and Associates
  • MotorWeek
  • Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • WhatGreenCar.com
  • R.L. Polk & Co.
  • U.S.News & World Report
  • Forbes.com
  • Cars.com
  • MotorIntelligence
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Kelley Blue Book
  • Automotive Leasing Guide
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Saginaw, Midland and Bay City area residents can test drive the cutting edge technology and gas saving pleasure of the 2011 Toyota Prius at Labadie Toyota in Bay City, MI.

2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid

The 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid – 33% more fuel efficient.  100% ahead of the competition.

The GMC Sierra Hybrid is the first two-mode hybrid in a full-size pickup truck, an accomplishment unmatched by the competition.  It takes the best of both gas and electric propulsion to provide you with the most efficient power in a given driving situation.  The result is a 33 percent increase in EPA-estimated city fuel economy compared to our most efficient gasoline-only Sierra truck.  Better yet, this technology does not sacrifice capability.  The GMC Sierra Hybrid can handle over 1500 lbs of payload, and offers up to 6100 lbs of conventional trailering capacity.

2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid Saginaw

Variable Vale Timing (VVT)

The heart of the GMC Sierra Hybrid is the 6.0L V-8 VVT that produces 332 horsepower and 367 lb-ft torque.  The secret to this engine’s balanced power is variable valve timing.  This feature helps the engine produce near-peak levels of torque across a wide RPM range.  This gives you both responsiveness in city driving and bold acceleration for passing and trailering.

The Best Fuel Economy of Any Full-Sized Pickup

At low speeds and light loads, the GMC Sierra Hybrid can reduce fuel consumption by shutting off the engine and operating on electric power alone.  It can also run on engine power alone, or a combination of both gas and electric.  In the city, this technology offers an EPA-estimated 20 mpg.

At highway speeds, the GMC Sierra Hybrid uses its 6.0L V-8 VVT engine in either V-4 or V-8 operation – sometimes with an extra boost of electric power – as conditions warrant.  Full V-8 power is available for trailer towing, passing or pulling on a long, steep grade.  On the highway, the GMC Sierra Hybrid has an EPA-estimated 23 mpg.

Regenerative Braking

During normal stops, regenerative braking uses the motors in the hybrid transmission as generators to decelerate the vehicle by applying resistance in the motors rather than brake friction.  At the same time, the motors are capturing that energy as electricity in the 300-volt battery pack, electricity that is available for the next acceleration cycle.

Active Fuel Management (AFM)

For maximum fuel economy when you don’t need extra power, AFM can deactivate four of the engine’s eight cylinders.  As the load and your demands increase, the cylinders can reactivate within as little as 20 milliseconds to give you maximum power for trailering and passing.

Proven Battery Power

To give your electric drive system ample power without sacrificing capacity, the GMC Sierra Hybrid has a 300-volt battery pack built with Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) technology.  It tucks under the rear seat area, out of the way, so your passenger capacity and cargo space are unchanged from other Sierras.

For more information and to test drive the new 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid truck contact your Bay City, Saginaw and Midland GMC truck dealer – Labadie GMC!